Bigger is better:
A longer penis attracts the ladies — in the rodent world, that is, according to a new study.
The researchers compared the relative bone size of penises from several mammals to see if possessing a longer penis gave males an advantage in breeding.
"The data for rodents seem pretty clear cut," said study author Steve Ramm, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Liverpool in England. "Species where sexual competition between males is most intense also tend to have the longest penises."
This only makes sense: Rats don’t have cars or mansions.
Ramm found the Western harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis) had the lengthiest penis bone relative to its body mass of all rodents examined.
"Everything’s relative, of course," Ramm said. "So although big for its body size, the penis bone in R. megalotis is still only 7 to 8 millimeters (0.27 to 0.31 inches) long. I don’t think the phrase ‘hung like a harvest mouse’ will be catching on any time soon."